How To Convert Your Pool To Salt Water

What is Salt Water Pool?

“Salt water” or “salt pool” means a pool using a salt chlorine generator for sanitizing. Salt water pools are different from other pools in such a way that it needs around 3,000 ppm of salt which is not detectable to human taste buds.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the salt water pool is to reduce the level of microorganisms (usually by 99.9% or more) to safe levels. Salt water pools operates to sanitize the pool and not to oxidize contaminants. Oxidation means burning up those organic contaminants. Ultraviolet disinfection systems are the most powerful oxidizers that can be added to a salt water system.

How It Works

An electrode also called salt cell, is installed in the plumbing and when the diluted salt water passes through the cell, the electrical reaction between electrode and salt water generates chlorine. In other words you are generating your own chlorine! Plus it doesn’t have any negative effects such as chlorine smell, red eyes and itchy skin. Traditional chlorine can have all these effects. As your salt water pool is generating all chlorine for you so you don’t need to shock your pool (have superchlorination feature) or buy chlorine (liquid or tablets) for your pool after your system is up and running.

Converting Your Pool To Salt Water

Once you have decided to change your pool to a salt water pool, the first thing will be to select a good salt system. Following considerations you must take into account when selecting a salt system:



Pool size: You need to know your pool size as salt systems range from 10,000 gallons tot 100,000 gallons. .Always select larger unit on a smaller pool that will benefit you running the salt system for shorter periods of time and replacing your salt cell after longer time intervals. How to calculate your pool size is very easy. First you need to calculate average depth. That is the depth of the shallow end, multiplied by the depth of deep end, divided by two. You’ll get the size of your pool in cubic feet. Now you can calculate your pool’s volume: Multiply the length, by the width, by the average depth. Finally multiply your answer by 7.5 because there are 7.5 gallons per cubic foot.The formula to determine the volume of your pool is: Length x Width x Average depth x 7.5

Budget: Cost range from $400 to $2000. Advanced systems have few fancy features including the ability to control all your pool equipment.

Features: Some of the features include salt-readout, self cleaning, self diagnostics, digital readout and ability to control the pool equipment.

Replacement cell cost: You need to replace your salt cell every 3-5 years and cost range from $200 to $700. It is important to consider this factor. For instance If you get replacement cell for $200 then you need to change it 3.5 times before it cost as much as replacing the $700 cell.

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Conversion Steps

1. Location
Selecting location for salt system is simple. It should be installed after the pump, filter and heater and within proximity of the power source and control panel.

Remove your chemical feeder and install your salt system in its place. To avoid any accident, you need to first turn off pool filter, heater and pump at the electrical panel. Use saw to cut out your feeder. Ensure to keep your cut straight so that attaching new salt system is not complicated.

2. Keep your plumbing straight
Extra turns and twists can make your plumbing more complicated. Install a PVC check valve to prevent water that has passed your salt system from backing up through your pump, filter or heater. Now install the salt system ensuring a tight seal and no leaks.

3. Mount the salt system control panel
Mount the salt system control panel alongside your pump switch, timer, and other pool controls. Now connect the power supply.

4. Adding Salt
Add the right amount of salt to your salt system that actually depends on your pool volume and salinity levels. If you are converting from a regular pool or from fresh water, the salt content of your pool water should be nil or zero. It is approximately 30 lbs of salt for every 1000 gallons of water in your pool. The manual you receive with your salt water system will also explain this in detail. Finally turn on your generator. Make sure your salt machine is off when adding salt.

Benefits

Following salt pool benefits let us live cleaner and healthier lives.

Get Constant Chlorine - Salt chlorinator ensures the constant delivery of Chlorine. A salt system manufactures natural chlorine. That means no more buying chlorine tablets, shock or liquid chlorine!

No Negative Effects - Most of the people are good with salt water and have less itchy skin or red eyes and no more smell of chlorine which is due to chloramines. Chlorine produced by Salt water pool does not have chloramines.

No Harmful Chemicals - You are hassle free from transporting and storing traditional chlorine on regular basis. In case of traditional Pool, if you forget to add chlorine manually or go on vacation then you are faced with issues.

It's Good For You - Water having less chemicals, effectively reduces chances of harm to your and your pets.

Different Feeling - With electrolysis process, water is softened naturally that is closer to the pH of your skin and eyes. This will give you a great feeling.

Crystal Clear Water - Say NO To Bacteria - In the presence of salt water environment, it is difficult for bacteria and germs to survive. You have a crystal clear water through out.

Less Expensive - Chemical costs are cut considerably with a salt chlorinator.

Sustainability - As compared to the traditional pools, saltwater pools require less maintenance and maintenance cost.

Salt Is Always There - The salt will always stay in your pool even if there is evaporation. Backwashing, leaks or splash out can be the only reasons the saltwater will leave your pool.

Less Salty - The salinity of the pool will be only approximately 3, 4 grams per liter.